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Dublin to Rock of Cashel, Cobh, Kinsale

My husband and I will be traveling by rental car from Dublin to Kinsale. We thought we'd first stop at the Rock of Cashel and Cobh on the way. Would this be doable in a day without feeling rushed? We'll be spending two days in Kinsale before driving on to Kenmare.

Is Youghal worth a stop, too?

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Thank you, Texastravelmom! I actually just saw that thread after I posted.

Would Youghal be worth visiting, as well?

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We enjoyed Youghal very much, primarily because we stopped by the TI and hooked up with a local guide for a walking tour. The town does have a fascinating history, as does Cobh. Both would be worth a couple of hours if you have the time.

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I would choose Cobh because of the history of the Titanic and the Lusitania. Also the view from St. Colmans Cathedral above the town and harbor is wonderful.. If you do stop there be sure to see the statue of Annie Moore and her brothers at the waterfront as well as a statute commemorating the Lusitania. Annie Moore was the first person as an immigrant to set foot on Ellis Island. She actually departed from Cobh. (It was called Queenstown then). There is a Titanic museum at the waterfront or there was when we were there two years ago. You can take the ferry from the waterfront across the harbor to go to Kinsale as it saves a lot of time. First come first served and very cheap. It runs frequently and takes very little time. Someone on another post mentioned asking car rental agency about taking the car on the ferry. We never thought about that. I guess we just chanced it am not sure if that is a!lowed or not.

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Thank you, Robert and Gail! We might stop in Youghal for a bit to stretch our legs and walk around. We're really looking forward to Cobh and the Titanic museum. We've heard a lot of great things about Cobh and Kinsale, too.

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If you're looking for something a little more rural for your leg stretcher, consider heading about 10 minutes east of Youghal to the village of Ardmore where you'll find a well preserved round tower, the ruins of an old abbey, and a very pretty cliffside walk that meanders past some ancient springs and then further along to the ruins of an old Martello Tower - lots of photo ops on a sunny day.